- Bycatch, WWF Pacific
- Non-entangling and biodegradable FADs, ISSF, 2019. This nine-page guide is in English. It is also available in several other languages.
- A set of 15 fact sheets on decreasing seabird bycatch, Birdlife International, 2014. The fact sheets that apply to the Western and Central Pacific longline fisheries are:
Demersal and pelagic longline: night-setting
Pelagic longline: Streamer lines (vessels ≥ 35 metres)
Pelagic longline: Streamer lines (vessels < 35 metres)
Pelagic longline: Line weighting
Pelagic longline: Side-setting
Pelagic longline: Blue-dyed bait
Pelagic longline: Bait caster and line shooter
Demersal and pelagic longline: Haul mitigation
- Redevelopment of the Bycatch Management Information System, WCPFC, 2015
- Proposal for a bycatch data exchange protocol (BDEP) among regional fisheries management organisations, WCPFC, 2015
- Bycatch in longline fisheries for tuna and tuna-like species: a global review of status and mitigation measures, WCPFC, 2014
- Summary of research and results from the second cruise of the bycatch project of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, WCPFC, 2013
- At-sea experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of multiple mitigation measures on pelagic longline operations in western North Pacific, WCPFC, 2013
- Purse-seine bycatch mitigation techniques, WCPFC, 2010
- Minimizing bycatch of sensitive species groups in marine capture fisheries: lessons from tuna fisheries, IUCN
- Mitigating seabird bycatch during hauling by pelagic longline vessels, WCPFC, 2014
- The overlap of threatened seabirds with reported bycatch areas between 25° and 30° South in the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Area, WCPFC, 2015
- Recording seabird bycatch in longline observer programs, WCPFC, 2008
- Electronic monitoring of seabird bycatch, WCPFC, 2013
- At-sea experiment to develop the mitigation measures of seabirds for small longline vessels in the western North Pacific, WCPFC, 2015
Sharks, rays, and turtles
- Shark and ray identification manual: for observers and crew of the western and central Pacific tuna fisheries, Pacific Community, 2020
- Rapid assessment toolkit for sharks and rays, WWF and James Cook University
- A review of shark bycatch mitigation in tuna longline fisheries, WCPFC, 2014
- Analysis of sea turtle–mitigation measure effectiveness in tuna longline fisheries, WCPFC, 2015
- A summary of bycatch issues and ISSF mitigation activities to date in purse-seine fisheries, with emphasis on FADs, ISSF, November 2017
- Commission adopts safe handling guidelines for seabirds, WWF Pacific, December 2019
- The Pacific must act now to stop oceanic whitetip shark from extinction, WWF Pacific, December 2019
- Tens of thousands of tuna-attracting devices are drifting around the Pacific, TunaPacific, September 2019
- Bycatch training further strengthens Fiji’s commitment to sustainable fishing, WWF, March 2019
- SPC database provides Pacific government fisheries agencies with bycatch and other fishing data, Tuna Pacific, June 2018
- Bycatch is troublesome – Deal with it!, SPC Fisheries Newsletter #147, May–August 2015
- The best way to protect heavily depleted shark populations? Stop trying to catch them!, Pacific Community (SPC), September 2014
- Bycatch, WWF
- The bigger the school, the better the catch, ISSF, September 2013. Fishers who avoid setting nets on schools of tuna less than 10 tons can reduce the amount of bycatch by 23–43%, depending on the region. At the same time, they reduce the their tuna catch by 3–10%.
- Non-entangling FADs: Skipper acceptance levels, ISSF, February 2019. The infographic tracks skippers’ increasing acceptance of non-entangling fish-aggregating devices (FADs) as they switch from traditional FADs to reduce bycatch of sharks and other animals in tuna fisheries.
- Shark bycatch in purse seine fisheries, ISSF, September 2013. Illustrates the drop in the number of sharks caught as bycatch when fishing on free-swimming schools rather than schools grouped around FADs.
- Protecting sharks: Reducing shark bycatch in purse seine fisheries, ISSF, September 2016. Illustrates methods that can be used before and after the catch to minimise how many sharks are taken.
- Improving silky shark survival, ISSF, February 2017.
- Non-target species caught in tuna fisheries, ISSF, April 2016. Outlines the relative impact the different fishing methods have on animals accidentally caught during tuna fishing.
- Saving sea turtles, ISSF, April 2016. The safest ways to release turtles caught during fishing.
- Bycatch mitigation research: Progress report, ISSF, February 2018. Summarises years of research on ways of avoiding catching non-target species, and how to let them free when they have been caught.
Posters and videos
- Laurent Dagorn, a senior scientist with the French Research Institute for Development, outlines the usefulness of FADs when their use is well controlled. Video in English, produced by ISSF (3.39 mins).
- ISSF explains the use of FADs in tuna fishing, and the need to collect more data on how they are used and how they should be used (1.00 min).
- The Pacific Community presents a documentary that explains a typical longline expedition to catch tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, from setting out to the processing of the catch back in port. It features interviews with fishers and observers, and explains the role of the observer (16.42 mins).